Staff

The MA staff are based in St George Wharf, London

Meet our staff

The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience, who are based at the MA premises in Central London. 

We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.

*part-time

 

Jon Collins - Chief Executive

JON COLLINS
Chief Executive

As head of staff, Jon has overall responsibility for the management of the organisation and finances. He supports and reports to the Board of Trustees and provides assistance to the national officers.

Direct line: 020 7255 9003
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Jo Easton - Director of Policy and Research

DR JO EASTON
Deputy Chief Executive & 
Director of Policy & Research

Jo has overall responsibility for the direction, development and implementation of MA policies relating to the work of magistrates’ courts.      

Direct line: 020 7255 9004
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Bea Crayford - Media and Communications Officer

BEA CRAYFORD
Media and Communications Officer *

Bea deals with media enquiries, works with the policy team to co-ordinate the publication of MA responses and manages the MA's social media.

Direct line: 020 3937 8850
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Rajen Hindocha - Head of Finance

RAJEN HINDOCHA
Head of Finance

As well as looking after the financial side of the Association, Rajen provides budgeting advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive, a contract management function, and low-level IT support to all staff.

Direct line: 020 7255 9002
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

ZILLAH HOLFORD
Policy & Research Officer (Family & Youth Court)

Zillah supports the work of the MA's Family and Youth Court Committees by researching, developing and implementing MA policies.

Direct line: 020 7255 9009
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

MELODIE HYAMS
Membership Communications Manager *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine; MA ENEWS; website development and updates; MA identity and corporate image.

Direct line: 020 7255 9008
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Emma Lawson, MA intern

EMMA LAWSON
Intern

Emma is an international relations student moving on to her third year at the American University. Throughout the past couple of years, Emma has worked at her town's local Youth Women’s Christian Alliance along with teaching gymnastics to children. Emma is excited to explore and experience a different country!

Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

GEORGE MOODY
Research Officer *

George has joined the MA for five months to work on a Barrow Cadbury Trust-funded project on maturity.

Direct line: 020 7255 9001
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Halita Obineche - Director of Membership

HALITA OBINECHE
Director of Membership

Halita has overall responsibility for the MA’s membership, events, income generation, community activity and internal communications.

Direct line: 020 7255 9007
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Madeline Sparks, MA intern

MADELINE SPARKS
Intern

Madeline is a junior at Samford University studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. After graduating from Samford, Madeline is interested in pursuing a career in law or politics. Madeline has previously interned for a United States Senator in Washington DC and was eager to learn about the inner workings of the United States political system. She is now looking forward to experiencing London and learning about the legal system in the United Kingdom.

Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Hattie Stair - Policy and Research Assistant

HATTIE STAIR
Policy & Research Assistant

Hattie supports the work of the Adult Court Committee with research and development of MA policy.

Direct line: 020 7255 9005
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

LISA WHITEHEAD
Membership, MIC & Events Manager

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Susan Williamson - MIC Administrator

SUSAN WILLIAMSON
MIC Administrator *

Susan provides support and administration to the Magistrates in the Community project.

Direct line: 020 7255 9006
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

CÉLESTINE WOODHAM
Membership & Events Assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 7388 5558
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Jude Zendle - Training & Development Officer

JUDE ZENDLE
Training & Development Officer

Jude supports the work of the Training Committee by researching, developing and implementing MA policies relating to all aspects of magistrates' training.

Direct line: 0207 387 6099
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353